Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Beginnings: The Sleepwalker

The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday, January 2017). These are the book's opening lines:
It makes all the sense in the world. You awaken and smell smoke and see that the cat at the foot of your bed is on fire. And so you scoop him up and race to the bathroom and douse him with water in the tub. You reassure him that he'll be fine — he is fine — telling him that everything's okay. You hold him firmly but gently under the faucet because you are worried about his burns. 
The only thing is, you're not awake. 
About the Book:
....a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire. Annalee Ahlberg is a sleepwalker, and when she disappears from her bed one night, her children fear the worst. It appears as if she has "walked to her death" in the river near her Vermont home. But did something more nefarious happen?
My Thoughts:

My first thought was Whoa! what a terrible dream. Well, not actually a dream, I guess. I've never had any experience of sleepwalking, so I'm not exactly sure if you can call it dreaming. Sometimes the Hubby talks in his sleep, but fortunately he never gets up and walks around while he's sleeping. That would be decidedly spooky.

I've read one other book by Bohjalian, and enjoyed it quite a lot. This one has gotten some really glowing reviews, so I'm looking forward to getting into it. Hoping no actual flaming kitties show up, though.

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Friday.  As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. Sounds fascinating. I'm also hoping there are no killed kitties. Have a great weekend. My Friday Book is Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop.

  2. I loved this book...and those opening lines are spooky, aren't they? Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “RIGHT BEHIND YOU”

  3. Scary situation. I want to read this one now!

  4. Not really my sort of read, but I enjoyed hearing your thoughts so far.

  5. Interesting dream. I know my at would not like the fire or the water.


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